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Story Lab: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Pick of the day: Back to school in Florida

It's still a habit when traveling to check out the local paper--and not just rely on the hotel's complimentary USA Today. And so this morning, because I'm in Tampa on a quick reporting trip, I get treated to the St....

By Christian Davenport  | September 3, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: Holy (wow) stories

In the news business, we have breaking news stories, feature stories, narrative stories, and then there's a whole other category of stories commonly referred to as "holy (wow) stories." Theresa Vargas' piece from Wednesday about a high-pitched noisemaker outside of...

By Christian Davenport  | September 2, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: On the eve of war in Iraq

So now the war in Iraq is over--or at least "combat operations" have ended. Goodbye, Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hello, Operation New Dawn. In his Oval Office speech last night, President Obama said "It's time to turn the page." Well, before...

By Christian Davenport  | September 1, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  operation new dawn, rick atkinson  
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Does Gallery Place's new audio teen-repellent work? Try it out.

Theresa Vargas writes about an effort by Gallery Place business owners to chase away loitering teenagers by zapping them with a device that emits a high-pitched, headache-inducing sound that only young ears can hear. The Mosquito, as the $1,000 device...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | August 31, 2010; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Pick of the day: Molly the pony

Someone once said that photographer Carol Guzy is better at what she does than anyone else at The Washington Post, and I believe it. She stays with her subjects so long that she loses her outsider status, which bestows a...

By Christian Davenport  | August 31, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How big was the crowd at the Glenn Beck rally?

The Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall Saturday drew between 300,000 and 500,000, according to Beck. CBS News hired a consultant with an expertise in aerial photography and came up with a total of 87,000. Other media outlets either...

By Annys Shin  | August 30, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Hard choices, Journalism  | Tags:  Beck rally, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck crowd, Glenn Beck rally, crowd size, how many people  
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Pick of the day: Post-war lit

I suppose that as the war in Iraq dies down, we'll begin to step away and reflect on what it all really meant. There will be a time of catharsis and closure. And one of the ways we get there...

By Christian Davenport  | August 30, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  iraq war, iraq war literature, iraq war memoirs, writing about iraq war  
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